Alleged Craigslist Prostitution Ring Busted in New York

Arrested today on a 47 count state court indictment were the alleged co-owners of RSE, Scott "Sal" Rosenberg, 45, and Josef Davenport, 31. Also arrested were five bookers. According to Cuomo the bookers operated out of RSE's headquarters in Queens County, New York where they answered numerous telephone lines and asked each potential "John" his location and his desired services.

"The bookers were instructed not to explicitly discuss sex during the telephone conversations with the "Johns" and instead use designated terms to describe the services. For example "GFE" means girl friend experience or "skiing" and "rock climbing" means drugs and partying," Cuomo said in a statement. Once the "date" was arranged, the bookers would arrange for drivers to deliver the prostitute to the John. When the date was over, the hooker would call the bookers and a driver would be dispatched to pick her up, according to the Attorney General's office.

"Today's arrests underscore the inherent risks posed by Craigslist and, most importantly, the need for protections that are full-fledged, not half-baked," Cuomo said.

The indictment charges all seven with enterprise corruption, a B felony. If convicted, Rosenberg faces a minimum of 4 ½ - 9 years and a maximum of 12 ½ - 25 years' imprisonment; the other defendants face a minimum of one to three years and a maximum of 8 1/3 – 25 years' imprisonment, according to the Attorney General.

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